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Making accessibility better for older people

Titheridge, H; Oviedo, D; Achuthan, K; Mackett, RL; (2013) Making accessibility better for older people. In: Proceedings of WCTR 2013 Rio. Green open access

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Transport planners are increasingly concerned with ensuring that all groups of society, including the elderly, have good access to services and facilities. Low levels of accessibility may affect people’s ability to access essential services and support networks, thus may impact on their quality of life. Public Consultation and accessibility indicators are two of the main tools used by transport planners to identify areas where accessibility needs to be improved. However, accessibility indicators as typically used by transport planners and policy makers do not reflect accessibility as perceived and experienced by older people in terms of the types of activity and services represented, the threshold travel times used and the journey characteristics captured. The UK National Core Accessibility Indicators are no exception. The results from public consultation, whilst providing useful insights, do not generally allow options for improving accessibility to be compared in terms of best value. As part of the AUNT-SUE (Accessibility and User Needs in Transport in Sustainable Urban Environments) project, a methodology has been developed for measuring accessibility which incorporates many of the journey characteristics deemed important by older people and those with disabilities such as being able to reach a destination without having to transfer between buses, the presence of places to sit en route when walking, and availability of suitable crossing points. The methodology can also be used as part of a consultation process. This paper compares accessibility indicators generated using the AUNT-SUE methodology with the UK national core threshold accessibility indicators, for the case of St Albans, UK. It also examines the extent to which the AUNT-SUE indicators incorporate the experiences of older people when navigating the built environment.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Making accessibility better for older people
Event: 13th World Conference on Transport Research
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Dates: 2013-07-15 - 2013-07-18
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.wctrs-society.com/about-wctrs/
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: accessibility, older people, ageing, transport, travel, indicators, AUNT-SUE
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Development Planning Unit
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1414469
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